Asian Art Auction

June 08, 2015


Lot 65A

Huanghuali Recessed Leg Table, Pingtou’an, Late Qing Dynasty

Huanghuali Recessed Leg Table, Pingtou’an, Late Qing Dynasty
Lot 65A Details
Huanghuali Recessed Leg Table, Pingtou’an, Late Qing Dynasty

Raised on four elegantly formed legs of cylindrical section joined by a pair of stretchers on two sides, the rectangular top with inset floating panel and recessed apron, the table with overall slender proportions and left uncarved to highlight the natural graining and whorls within the wood
30.3" x 31.9" x 12.2" — 77 x 81 x 31 cm.

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $52,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


The Estate of Mabel Tom. Acquired in Beijing during the 1920's and mid 1930's from Prince Pu Lung, reputedly the uncle of Henry Puyi.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Mabel Tom lived and worked in Beijing as a nurse, while residing on the estate of Prince Pu Lung. This table was given to her along with a number of other decorative items and furniture by Prince Pu Lung in recognition of her medical services and care for the local people. Photographs of her furnishings and a detailed account of her time in Beijing were published in Canadian Homes and Gardens, August-September, 1936.
Waddington’s sold the majority of her Chinese huanghuali furniture in June 18, 2010.


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About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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